No DVD Playback In Windows 8 ?

Windows 8 will no longer include DVD playback capabilities by default and this function will only be included in Windows 8 Pro and in upgrades to computers that are equipped with DVD drives.

Microsoft believes that most of their customers do not use their computers to view DVDs and that DVD playback will not be necessary because most individuals who view films on their computers now download or steam this content from online sources.

Computers that are equipped with DVD or Blu-ray drives will likely include third party software so most consumers will be unaffected by this issue.

Movies In The Cloud ?

iTunesicon have recently added movies to their cloud services in the States.

This enables their clients to view films and television programs on multiple devices though it appears that they may be short on Universal and Fox releases.

Hopefully this will be rectified by the time the service is enabled in Canada, though it should be noted that no official date in regards to its introduction has yet been published.

Zip To Expand Movie Rental Kiosks

Online movie rental retailer will partner with Metro Inc. to bring their movie rental kiosks to over 800 Metro grocery stores though-out Canada.

These red kiosks, which rented DVDs for $1 and blu-ray disc for $2, were successfully tested in Ottawa and Montreal Metro stores. And the company is hoping to gain more customers from Blockbuster Canada‘s extensive membership.

Zip is also currently offering internet movie rentals on Samsung brand devices.

New Streaming Movie Service Soon and Samsung Electronics Canada have partnered to offer a new streaming service to Canadians.

According to the press release, Canadians will have access to thousands of films and television programs on their SMART Televisions, Blu-ray players and Home Theatre products from Samsung, though no commencement date is mentioned.

Cineplex Now Offering Online Movie Rentals

Film rentals and purchases are now available to Canadians via the Cineplex store site, some of them discounted, or even free, with Scene point redemption.

But to view this content you will need to install the Cineplex Media Manager, which is not available yet for Mac and Linux machines, and have Windows Media Player 11 installed.

The content downloaded from this web site is therefore limited to Windows machines (Windows XP SP2/newer, Vista or 7), Plays for Sure devices that can sync a 1500K video and the Xbox 360.

The site states they will be expanding their compatibility shortly.